|1.||the act of detaining or state of being detained|
|2.||a. custody or confinement, esp of a suspect awaiting trial|
|b. (as modifier): a detention order|
|3.||a form of punishment in which a pupil is detained after school|
|4.||the withholding of something belonging to or claimed by another|
|[C16: from Latin dētentiō a keeping back; see |
the practice of incarcerating accused individuals before trial on the assumption that their release would not be in the best interest of society-specifically, that they would be likely to commit additional crimes if they were released. Preventive detention is also used when the release of the accused is felt to be detrimental to the state's ability to carry out its investigation. In some countries the practice has been attacked as a denial of certain fundamental rights of the accused.
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